Cynthia Sharpe

Principal, Cultural Attractions & Research

As Principal of Cultural Attractions and Research, Cynthia is responsible for bringing museum and education perspectives to Thinkwell projects.

Cynthia is an active member of all cultural attraction projects, working closely with
 the creative team to ensure the vision of the exhibit stays true to the content and story, overseeing evaluation and advocating for the institution and the visitor in all phases of design. For themed entertainment projects, she develops all educational programming and is an active member of the creative team, ensuring that the design is fully aligned with real content and appropriately integrates intellectual property.


Cynthia’s 20 years of experience spans from permanent and traveling museum shows to multi-
use destination resort planning, ranging from creative exhibition development and project management
to business and master planning. She has gained a reputation for combining creative approaches to exhibition and education development with a keen understanding
 of early childhood education, social networking and new media, and visitor behavior.


2018 ASTC Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Leadership, non-CEO
2013 Thea Award for Outstanding Attraction
2012 Thea Award for Outstanding Museum Exhibit
2011 Event Design Award for Best Museum Environment


Museum of Science and Industry, Manager of Temporary and Traveling Exhibits


Master of Science, Genetics, University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Williams College

Memberships & Affiliations

Eastern Board Member, Themed Entertainment Association
Past Chair, Traveling Exhibition Network
Former member, IAAPA Museum and Science Center Committee

Speaking Engagements

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
American Alliance of Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Association of Science and Technology Centers
Creative Economy
TEA Summit